Kanonge, Silen­gane take over

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

BANTU Rovers are rev­el­ling in glory fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful sea­son in which they dom­i­nated all com­pe­ti­tions by win­ning all age-group ti­tles from the Un­der-14s up to the se­nior team which landed the Zifa South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League ti­tle.

Rovers, formed in 2008, com­fort­ably won the Zifa Bu­l­awayo Province Ju­nior League Serie A Un­der-14, 16 and 18 ti­tles, while their first team were crowned re­gional cham­pi­ons af­ter beat­ing Ama­ga­gasi 1-0 in Vic­to­ria Falls on the last day of the sea­son.

Wil­bert Sibanda, Rovers’ gen­eral man­ager, said they were en­joy­ing the fruits of in­vest­ing in ju­nior devel­op­ment and his club would strive to be the best in­sti­tu­tion in groom­ing young tal­ent.

He said Rovers’ best per­form­ing group were the Un­der-18s, who won the league ti­tle with­out los­ing a game, repli­cat­ing their 2011 “golden gen­er­a­tion”, A SE­NIOR Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices of­fi­cer Rose­mary Kanonge and for­mer Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee boss Sa­muke­liso Silen­gane were yes­ter­day elected un­op­posed as Zim­babwe Women’s Foot­ball chair­per­son and deputy chair­per­son re­spec­tively.

Bar­bra Chikosi and Sa­muke­liso Ndlovu were also elected un­op­posed as ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers, while Luck­more Marufu and Brightwell Kadenge will go into the polls for one of the two re­main­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers’ slots in elec­tions set for this Satur­day in Harare.

Kanonge, a se­nior as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner in the ZPCS, will now au­to­mat­i­cally get a chair on the Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, while Silen­gane and three other women ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers be­come mem­bers of the Zifa As­sem­bly.

“A by-elec­tion to be con­tested for by women only will be held in due course in or­der to sat­isfy the re­quired quota of four women within the Zifa As­sem­bly,” said Zifa com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Xolisani Gwe­sela last night.

Silen­gane makes a re­turn to main­stream foot­ball since her sus­pen­sion by the Cuth­bert Dube ad­min­is­tra­tion over the Cen­tral­gate scan­dal that also claimed the scalps of then South­ern Re­gion boss Gift Banda and ref­eree Cos­mos Ny­oni.

Silen­gane had taken over the reins in the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, re­plac­ing vet­eran ref­eree Kenny Marange, who had suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions.

Kanonge takes over from Miriam Sibanda, who was sus­pended be­fore be­ing par­doned, but did not seek re-elec­tion. Long stand­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor El­iz­a­beth Langa has been in charge of women’s foot­ball in an act­ing ca­pac­ity, but she too did not seek to run for of­fice. CAS­TLE Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League ti­tle hope­fuls FC Plat­inum re­sumed train­ing yes­ter­day, with club spokesper­son Chido Chi­zondo say­ing they were ready for the re­main­ing two games of the cam­paign af­ter recharg­ing their bat­ter­ies.

FC Plat­inum are se­cond on the league ta­ble with 55 points, two be­hind lead­ers Caps United, and need noth­ing other than a vic­tory when they take on High­landers at Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane on Sun­day to keep their ti­tle hopes alive.

The plat­inum min­ers won the re­verse fix­ture at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium, beat­ing Bosso 2-1, and will be aim­ing to com­plete a dou­ble over a side that also fan­cies its faint cham­pi­onship hopes.

FC Plat­inum go into Sun­day’s game smart­ing from a 1-3 loss to Ngezi Plat­inum Stars in the fi­nal of the Chibuku Su­per Cup, a re­sult which Chi­zondo said was now water un­der the bridge.

She down­played the cham­pi­onship fight, say­ing they don’t want to put pres­sure on their play­ers.

Be­sides recharg­ing, FC Plat­inum also hope mid­fielder Winston Mhango and striker Charles Sibanda, who missed the fi­nal against Ngezi Plat­inum due to in­juries sus­tained in a road ac­ci­dent, will re­turn for Sun­day’s clash.

The plat­inum min­ers clearly missed Mhango’s grit in mid­field against Ngezi Plat­inum as well as Sibanda’s mazy runs and his goal poach­ing prow­ess in the Chibuku Su­per Cup fi­nal.

Chi­zondo said Mhango and Sibanda did light train­ing last week.

“It de­pends on what the phys­io­ther­a­pist says about their re­cov­ery, but they were pro­gress­ing well. Ob­vi­ously we would love to have them back but it all de­pends on the phys­io­ther­a­pist’s rec­om­men­da­tions af­ter to­day’s train­ing,” she said.

While FC Plat­inum’s prepa­ra­tions for the High­landers en­counter look set to be boosted by Mhango and Sibanda’s re­turn, their op­po­nents’ prob­lems seem to be pil­ing.

Speedy for­ward Gabriel Ny­oni picked up a ham­string in­jury in a friendly against Chicken Inn last Satur­day, * Three points de­ducted for use of a sus­pended player — @ZililoR.

Sa­muke­liso Silen­gane

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